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The Penny Test: A Quick Way To Check Tire Wear

How well do you take care of your tires? Do you keep them properly inflated? Do you know about tire maintenance and its impact on safety and fuel efficiency? Do you check if they're worn? If you care about your safety and spending less on tire upkeep, you need to know some basic car tips. The replacement of old tires is a common maintenance item, o...
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GM Recalls Continental Tires On Certain Models

Overview  General Motors, LLC (GM) has issued a safety recall on certain Continental tires that were installed as original equipment on several 2018-2021 model vehicles. According to the tire manufacturer, Continental Tire the Americas (CTA), the affected tires may have an overcure condition and Continental has initiated a safety recall for th...
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Cooper Tires Recall

 Overview Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper Tire) is recalling several of their tire models including Discover, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile Wild Country and Big O brand tires. These tires were also sold under brand names including Cooper, MasterCraft, Mickey Thompson, Discount Tire, Pep Boys, L...
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18 Characteristics of High-Quality Auto Repair Shops

For many vehicle owners, having the ability to recognize the characteristics of a high quality auto repair shop escapes them.  How do you know if you're dealing with a high-quality, reputable auto repair shop or you've just walked into the scene of the movie Vacation when Clark Griswold has to get the Wagon Queen Family Truckster repaired...
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9 Surprising Things That Ruin Your Car's Paint

9 Surprising Things That Ruin Your Car's Paint Keeping your car looking good isn't just a matter of increasing its resale value, although that's important too, it's also your car's only line of defense between the sheet metal and the elements. Obviously, parking lot dings and gravel roads do some damage, but so do other not-so-obvious culprits...
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Your Brakes: How They Work and How To Keep Them Working

Your brakes are the most important part of a car, slowing and stopping the car and allowing for safe control of your vehicle. But, how they work is a mystery to some. How They Work  When you push your foot down on the brakes, you cause a connected lever to push a piston into the master cylinder. The master cylinder is filled with hyd...
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Why Do They Always Show Me My Air Filter When I Have My Oil Changed?

You're waiting on your oil to be changed. Deeply involved in your social media updates on your phone, you don't see the shop technician walk up tp you. "Excuse me"..he says, "but I wanted to show you your air filter".  How many times has this happened to you?  If you're like like most vehicle owners, your answer is about every s...
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How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Here I go again. I'm sitting in my car driving to work and I look down at the information displayed on my dashboard. It tells me that my oil life is 0%. Oh my! How in the world did that happen? It's time for an oil change again. So the questions is, how often should I change my oil? My uncle, the mechanic, told me several years ago to always c...
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Steps to Save Gas Without Driving Less

Summer is here, and school is out, and even if you don't have little ones on summer break, it's the perfect time of year to enjoy traveling, including a weekend get-a-way. Whether you travel by car or truck, use premium or diesel gasoline, fuel efficiency can save you tons of money. Proper vehicle maintenance is one of the ways to save gas without ...
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How to get 5% off on gas EVERY winter!

 Across all seasons, there are some things that your car needs in order to run smoothly and to last long. Many forget that in the winter, that fact is devastatingly apparent and it shows on our gas bill receipts. Truth be told, the prime cause of the heightened gas fee lies in your tires! There is a direct causation between tire pressure (or r...
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Top 10 Tips to Take Care of Your Car

How many times have you wished there was something you could have done to prevent a problem with your car? How many times have you paid for something that you could have avoided? How many times have you wondered what to do? If any of these questions crossed your mind, you're in luck because this article is full of useful tips and tricks to keep you...
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Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Start the new year fresh with this vehicle maintenance checklist! Our general service schedule is easy-to-follow, based on month intervals, and focuses on what items need to be checked and when. Another great way to check and see if you need a tune-up is to watch your mileage. Every month, the average mileage is 1,000 miles. If you average more tha...
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My Headlight is Out Now What?

Headlights are one of those essential car parts you don't pay attention to until they're gone or fading. When the road ahead appears dim, you may have more questions than answers. To answer your questions, here are some things you should know about checking and replacing your headlights. Obviously, if you can't see the road at night, it's time to c...
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Recognizing Good Shops vs. Bad Shops

Your vehicle is a huge part of your life. It gets you to your job in the morning, helps you run errands, and makes those vacations possible on the weekends. Americans depend heavily on their cars, and because we use them so often, it puts and enormous amount of strain on their machines. Even though we want to believe our car can handle all the pres...
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Keep Your Cool in Hot Summer Cars

When it's hot outside, one of the last places you want to be is sitting in traffic without a properly functioning air conditioning (A/C) system. To help avoid this uncomfortable situation, AutoPair recommends having your A/C system checked annually to make sure it is functioning at its peak performance level when the temperatures are soaring. "Maki...
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Educating Yourself to Better Understand Your Vehicle

Picture this: you're driving down the road in an area you're not totally comfortable with. All of a sudden, you realize, something's not quite right with your car. You pull over, terrified because you don't know the first thing about cars, let alone car repairs. You begin to panic and don't know what's safe to check or what could possibly be wrong....
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How To Reduce Your Vehicle Maintenance Costs

If you want to avoid nasty and unexpected maintenance costs, sticking to a regimented schedule of preventative maintenance is very important. Frequent maintenance will keep your car in good health, making sure you get the best use out of those expensive parts.The best way to reduce maintenance costs is to stick to a strict maintenance schedule. Whe...
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6 Vehicle Warning Smells

Our senses are there for us to observe and understand the environment around us. They're also there to protect us from danger. When operating a vehicle, it's really important to stay alert and a pay attention to the warning sings it's giving you. When your car begins to smell, it could mean your safety is at risk. Below are some warning signs to lo...
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Signs That Your Brakes Need Inspecting

Cars experience normal wear and tear throughout their lifespan. It's important to get your oil changed and your tires checked out, but one crucial thing to pay attention to is the health of your tires. When driving, it could be the difference between a life or death. Getting them checked and serviced by a professional ensures a high level of safety...
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How Often Should I Change My Windshield Wipers?

On average, you should change your wiper blades about once every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. Some indicators that signal your windshield wipers need replacing are screeching sounds, skipping motions across the windshield, leaving behind a streaky residue, and missing areas when cleaning. On...
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